Study Religious Studies & Theology in United Kingdom

Study Religious Studies & Theology in United Kingdom

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Religious studies and theology usually focus on a certain religion such as Christianity, Judaism or Islam. However, also inter-religious studies such as comparative religion are offered by academic degrees that lead to careers in education, religion, charity, or community service.

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151 Religious Studies & Theology Master's degrees in United Kingdom

, M.Sc. Science and Religion

This dedicated masters programme in Science and Religion from The University of Edinburgh is intended for students who wish to engage in the advanced interdisciplinary study of science and religion, including those who wish to prepare for PhD work.

College of Humanities & Social Science
, M.Sc. Biblical Studies

The Biblical Studies programme from The University of Edinburgh is for students who wish to develop expertise in biblical studies, including those who want to prepare for a PhD. Its emphasis is on adding depth and breadth to expertise in biblical languages.

College of Humanities & Social Science
, M.Sc. Theology in History

This flexible programme in Theology in History from The University of Edinburgh looks at the Christian past from a variety of perspectives – theological, philosophical and historical – and provides options for special study of themes from the early church to modern times.

College of Humanities & Social Science
, M.A. Religions of Asia and Africa

The MA Religions of Asia and Africa from SOAS, University of London is designed both as an end qualification in itself and as a platform preparing students for more advanced graduate work.

Faculty of Arts and Humanities
, M.A. Religious Arts of Asia

This is the only history of art and archaeology degree in Europe focused on the great religious traditions of Asia. It includes within its scope diverse countries, regions and time periods from antiquity to the present, with a particular emphasis on Buddhism in South, Central and Southeast Asia, the Himalayas, China, Korea and Japan. The Ma in Religious Arts of Asia is delivered by SOAS, University of London.

, M.A. Religion in Global Politics

The MA Religion in Global Politics from SOAS, University of London offers an opportunity to examine these questions and issues at an advanced level by studying the complex relationships between religion and politics in the histories and contemporary political contexts (both national and international) of the regions of the Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Faculty of Arts and Humanities
, M.A. Philosophy and Religion

The MA Philosophy and Religion degree offered by Heythrop College, University of London explores the dynamics of the constant interplay between philosophical and theological issues, and the consequences which flow from this for practical living. It incorporates reflection on religion from both philosophical and theological perspectives and addresses questions such as religious fulfilment and ethical motivation as raised in the classical Christian tradition and in modern analysis.

Philosophy
, M.A. Religion, Politics and Society (PGDip/ PGCert)

This new Religion, Politics and Society programme from University of Birmingham examines the major themes around the role of religion in politics and international relations in the contemporary world and allows you to research the role of religion in society and politics, looking at both domestic and transnational contexts. It explores the theoretical, conceptual and methodological approaches to the subject by focusing on the relationship between organised religions and the nation-state, as well as the global processes that promote religious conflict and conflict resolution. This programme is ideal for current and aspiring policymakers and analysts in international, national and regional institutions engaged in management of conflict, diversity, inter-religious relations and community development.

Department of Theology and Religion
, M.A. Geography and Hebrew

The University has four faculties and each course leading to a degree is administered by one of these faculties. You will belong to the same faculty throughout your time with us and most of the subjects you study will be offered by schools or departments within this faculty. Admission to the MA (Hons) Geography and Hebrew programme of study is through the Faculty of Arts.

School of Divinity
, M.A. Biblical Studies and Economics

The University has four faculties and each course leading to a degree is administered by one of these faculties. You will belong to the same faculty throughout your time with us and most of the subjects you study will be offered by schools or departments within this faculty. Admission to the MA (Hons) Biblical Studies and Economics programme of study is through the Faculty of Arts.

School of Divinity
, M.A. Faiths and Public Policy

This programme provides opportunities for students to engage in advanced study of the relationship between religion and public life at a number of different levels and contexts (e.g. local, national, global).

Department of Theology and Religious Studies
, M.A. Religion and Public Life

Religion and faith are major influences on social, cultural and political life around the world. The Religion and Public Life programme at the University of Leeds draws on a range of perspectives to study the public roles of religious communities and individuals.

Faculty of Arts
, Master Philosophy and Religion (MARes Distance Learning Programme)

This Philosophy and Religion (MARes Distance Learning Programme) is a research degree that can be studied through distance learning. It has a duration of one year (full-time) or three years (part-time). The programme is tailor-made to suit your interests in consultation with the areas of expertise offered by the School. It comprises one dissertation of 50,000 words (180 credits).

School of Philosophy and Religion
, M.A. Greek and Hebrew

The University has four faculties and each course leading to a degree is administered by one of these faculties. You will belong to the same faculty throughout your time with us and most of the subjects you study will be offered by schools or departments within this faculty. Admission to the MA (Hons) Greek and Hebrew programme of study is through the Faculty of Arts.

School of Divinity
, MRes Inter-religious Relations

The Inter-religious Relations Master of Research degree from University of Birmingham is a research programme with some provision for taught modules. It studies religions in their historical and contemporary development, giving special attention to geographical spread, theological complexity and cultural influence. Recognising that the great religions have developed in relation to one another, it explores the affinities between them, their mutual indebtedness, their differences, the clashes their encounters have produced, and contemporary issues around religion, politics and peacebuilding.

Department of Theology and Religion
, Postgrad.Dip. Theology & Religious Studies

Designed to ease the transition from another area of study. May be used as a qualifying programme for study at MA level. Flexible structure. Select modules from Theology, Religion in the Contemporary World and Religion, Philosophy & Ethics.

Faculty of Arts & Humanities
, M.A. Theology and Religious Studies

This programme has a number of distinct strands, which makes it both flexible and diverse. Our on-campus delivery offers two strands, one focusing on Religion and Public Life and one focusing on Christian Theology and Ministry. We have a team of people with a wide expertise and a great deal of experience in delivering postgraduate courses in this subject area.

, M.A. Systematic Theology

In Systematic Theology you explore the doctrinal dimensions of theology. Compulsory module: Revelation & Reason. Leads to research in the Department of Theology or careers in teaching, journalism or the church.

Taught programmes
, M.A. Christian Theology (Anglican Studies)

This course focuses on the Anglican theological tradition in particular, within the more general context of Christian theology. Durham offers unparalleled resources for the theological study of Anglicanism, a strong basis for which is given by the Department's close historical links with Durham Cathedral, the seat of numerous theologian-bishops.

Department of Theology and Religion
, M.A. Religions and Education

This flexible distance learning course is aimed at teachers of religious education and related subjects within different education systems, and those working with young people in a faith or belief context. The Warwick MA course aims to meet the needs of those working in different education systems, and reflects the varied approaches to religious diversity and education utilised by Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit (WRERU). Some previous experience of religious studies at higher education level is preferred but not required. Each application is looked at on its own merits.

, M.A. Theology

The MA is a broadly based programme in theology and religious studies. It will suit theology graduates wishing to investigate topics in greater depth than they could as undergraduates, as well as graduates in other disciplines who wish to take up the study of theology and religion. Like any other arts or humanities subject, theology and religious studies can prepare students for a wide range of possible careers.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
, M.A. Biblical Studies and English

The University has four faculties and each course leading to a degree is administered by one of these faculties. You will belong to the same faculty throughout your time with us and most of the subjects you study will be offered by schools or departments within this faculty. Admission to the MA (Hons) Biblical Studies and English programme of study is through the Faculty of Arts.

School of Divinity
, M.A. Philosophy of Religion and Ethics

On the MA Philosophy of Religion and Ethics programme from University of Birmingham you will explore a variety of questions - for example: Are there shared human values? How do we negotiate different belief systems in pluralistic societies? Is there a conflict between science and religion?

Department of Theology and Religion
, M.Sc. Bible Interpretation

This course is intended to give you experience in reading a range of primary exegetical texts in Classical Hebrew, Aramaic and Syriac, to develop research methodologies in the writing of a 15,000-word dissertation and to provide a solid basis in the subject area for those intending to go on to do original research.

, Postgrad.Cert. Religious Education by Distance Learning

This programme is recognised by the Bishops of Scotland as a preliminary qualification in generalist Catholic religious education for those who wish to teach religious education in Catholic primary or secondary schools.

School of Education
, M.Phil. Buddhist Studies

This two-year degree aims to give you a comprehensive training in one of the main Buddhist canonical languages, along with in-depth explorations of Buddhist history, philosophy, and literature. You will choose to specialise in Sanskrit, Classical Tibetan, or Classical Chinese, and may select another of these languages as an optional subject. This degree can be a standalone qualification or preparation for doctoral research.

, M.A. Biblical Studies and International Relations

The University has four faculties and each course leading to a degree is administered by one of these faculties. You will belong to the same faculty throughout your time with us and most of the subjects you study will be offered by schools or departments within this faculty. Admission to the MA (Hons) Biblical Studies and International Relations programme of study is through the Faculty of Arts.

School of Divinity
, Master Church History

The taught MTh is intended to give students with an undergraduate background in Divinity, Religious Studies, Religious History or History an opportunity to study Church History at an advanced level and to acquire the skills and background necessary for independent postgraduate research and teaching in this area. It will also appeal to those who wish to further an interest in Christian History as part of a programme of life-long learning.

College of Arts and Social Sciences
, M.A. Religion in Contemporary Society

The master's in religion and contemporary society combines Sociology & Anthropology of Religion to focus on key issues, from religion in public life to globalization, fundamentalism, and modern spirituality. Encourages research on major traditions (Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism) and new movements. Master skills and knowledge ideal for careers in public policy, journalism, academia, education, etc.

Taught programmes
, M.A. Death, Religion and Culture

MA Death, Religion and Culture at The University of Winchester explores the way in which death is the only inevitability of life. This universal reality is understood differently by various cultures and religious traditions, and those understandings are played out in rituals of death, dying and bereavement.

, M.A. English and Theological Studies

The University has four faculties and each course leading to a degree is administered by one of these faculties. You will belong to the same faculty throughout your time with us and most of the subjects you study will be offered by schools or departments within this faculty. Admission to the MA (Hons) English and Theological Studies programme of study is through the Faculty of Arts.

School of Divinity
, M.A. Jewish Studies

Jewish Studies covers from Biblical Studies, Rabbinics, medieval and modern Jewish-Christian relations, and messianism, to Zionism, contemporary Halakah and Jewish Thought, and a brand new module on Jewish London (with field trips!), you will find a vibrant, supportive, and intellectually inspiring framework in this exciting MA taught by King's in partnership with the London School of Jewish Studies and with Leo Baeck.

Taught programmes
, M.A. Philosophy of Religion and Ethics MA/Diploma

On the MA Philosophy of Religion and Ethics programme you will explore a variety of questions - for example: Are there shared human values? How do we negotiate different belief systems in pluralistic societies? Is there a conflict between science and religion? Do people with different religious views have the same morals? Is life without God meaningless? You will be taught by a vibrant community of philosophers, pursuing original research on a wide range of topics on which expert supervision is available.

Department of Philosophy
, M.A. Biblical Studies and Mathematics

The University has four faculties and each course leading to a degree is administered by one of these faculties. You will belong to the same faculty throughout your time with us and most of the subjects you study will be offered by schools or departments within this faculty. Admission to the MA (Hons) Biblical Studies and Mathematics programme of study is through the Faculty of Arts.

School of Divinity
, M.A. Hebrew and Russian (With a year abroad)

The University has four faculties and each course leading to a degree is administered by one of these faculties. You will belong to the same faculty throughout your time with us and most of the subjects you study will be offered by schools or departments within this faculty. Admission to the MA (Hons) Hebrew and Russian (With a year abroad) programme of study is through the Faculty of Arts.

School of Divinity
, M.A. Christian Theology

This course involves the study of historical and systematic theology across a range of Christian perspectives. Durham has long-established strengths in both Greek and Latin patristics, the medieval Church and Reformation, contemporary Catholic and Anglican theology, theological ethics, and philosophical theology.

Department of Theology and Religion
, M.A. Religious Studies and Global Development

The political and social dimensions of religions are at the heart of this innovative programme, which explores the role of religions and theology in global development. The Religious Studies and Global Development is offered by the University of Leeds.

Faculty of Arts
, M.A. Religious Studies: Religion in Late Antiquity

The MA in Religious Studies: Religion in Late Antiquity Pathway draws on internationally-recognised expertise in Religion from Late Antiquity to the contemporary era, across a wide geographical area, and with sensitivity to issues in the public eye.

Cardiff School of History, Archaeology and Religion
, Master Theology: Chaplaincy Studies (MTh)

The postgraduate qualifications in Chaplaincy Studies offer the knowledge and expertise to enable students to contribute more fully to their roles as chaplains through the development of intellectual competence and research skills, alongside deepening reflective practice and enhanced pastoral activity.

Cardiff School of History, Archaeology and Religion
, M.A. MA Abrahamic Religions

When Heythrop introduced a BA in Abrahamic Religions, in 2007, it was the first such degree in the world. We believe that this MA is similarly unique. If you have a first degree – not necessarily in theology or religious studies – and you wish to extend your understanding of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, this new MA may suit you. It is likely to attract teachers, religious ministers, Imams, Rabbis, community leaders, civil servants and all those who are interested in Abrahamic religions and dialogue between them.

Theology
, M.A. Christianity & the Arts

Christianity and the Arts is in association with the National Gallery. Investigate how Christian scripture, beliefs and practices have found expression in art over 2,000 years; trace the idea of beauty in Western theological tradition; make use of examples in London. Leads to further research or careers in teaching, journalism or the church.

Faculty of Arts & Humanities
, M.A. Classical Studies and Theological Studies

The University has four faculties and each course leading to a degree is administered by one of these faculties. You will belong to the same faculty throughout your time with us and most of the subjects you study will be offered by schools or departments within this faculty. Admission to the MA (Hons) Classical Studies and Theological Studies programme of study is through the Faculty of Arts.

School of Classics
, M.A. English and Hebrew

The University has four faculties and each course leading to a degree is administered by one of these faculties. You will belong to the same faculty throughout your time with us and most of the subjects you study will be offered by schools or departments within this faculty. Admission to the MA (Hons) English and Hebrew programme of study is through the Faculty of Arts.

School of Divinity
, MRes Theology and Religion

The MRes degree is a research programme with some provision for taught modules. It offers a wide range of possibilities for study and supervision in the study of Christianity, the Bible and Christian thought, including, for example, Pentecostal, Evangelical, Queer and Intercultural theologies; biblical hermeneutics; philosophy of religion and philosophical theology; contemporary systematic theology; and literary, cultural or historical approaches to Hebrew Bible or New Testament studies.

Department of Theology and Religion
, M.A. Geography and Theological Studies

The University has four faculties and each course leading to a degree is administered by one of these faculties. You will belong to the same faculty throughout your time with us and most of the subjects you study will be offered by schools or departments within this faculty. Admission to the MA (Hons) Geography and Theological Studies programme of study is through the Faculty of Arts.

School of Geography & Geosciences
, M.A. Theology and Religion

The MA in Theology and Religion serves both the specific needs of students focussed on progressing towards doctoral research and those of students looking to continue relatively broad-based studies in Theology and Religion to Level four, perhaps in support of a career in teaching.

Department of Theology and Religion
, M.Phil. Classical Indian Religion

This course introduces you to classical Indian religion in a way that bases understanding on original sources and that equips you to continue in the same vein. Formally, the course is in two parts. The first, of five months, is an intensive study of the rudiments of Sanskrit. In the second part of the course you have regular classes in reading Sanskrit religious texts and write supervised essays on topics in Indian religion.

, M.A. Mathematics and Theological Studies

The University has four faculties and each course leading to a degree is administered by one of these faculties. You will belong to the same faculty throughout your time with us and most of the subjects you study will be offered by schools or departments within this faculty. Admission to the MA (Hons) Mathematics and Theological Studies programme of study is through the Faculty of Arts.

School of Divinity
, M.A. Biblical Studies and French (With a Year Abroad)

The University has four faculties and each course leading to a degree is administered by one of these faculties. You will belong to the same faculty throughout your time with us and most of the subjects you study will be offered by schools or departments within this faculty. Admission to the MA (Hons) Biblical Studies and French (With a year abroad) programme of study is through the Faculty of Arts.

School of Divinity
, M.A. Arabic and Hebrew

The University has four faculties and each course leading to a degree is administered by one of these faculties. You will belong to the same faculty throughout your time with us and most of the subjects you study will be offered by schools or departments within this faculty. Admission to the MA (Hons) Arabic and Hebrew programme of study is through the Faculty of Arts.

School of Divinity
, M.A. Philosophy of Religion and Ethics (Distance Learning)

On the MA Philosophy of Religion and Ethics programme you will explore a variety of questions – for example: Are there shared human values? How do we negotiate different belief systems in pluralistic societies? Is there a conflict between science and religion? Do people with different religious views have the same morals? Is life without God meaningless?

Department of Philosophy
, M.A. Religion and Society

In this course, the focus is on religion in its anthropological and sociological perspectives. Durham has particular strengths in the study of Mormonism; death, dying and disposal; shamanism; religion and emotion; religion/faith and globalisation; religion and politics; contemporary evangelicalism and post-evangelicalism; and religion and generational change. It also boasts the Centre for Death and Life Studies and the Project for Spirituality, Theology and Health.

Department of Theology and Religion
, M.A. Theology and Religious Studies

MA Theology and Religious Studies, University of Nottingham. You will be encouraged to understand and analyse aspects of Biblical texts, Christian theology and Religious Studies at a significantly deeper level than in undergraduate studies. It is also an ideal degree if you wish to pursue a one-year MA as preparation for a research degree (either MPhil or PhD), as suggested by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Theology and Religious Studies
, Postgrad.Cert. Spiritual and Religious Care in Health and Social Care

Current health and social care frameworks regard spiritual care as an essential component of health and wellbeing and all health and social care professionals should assess and respect the spiritual and religious beliefs of patients and their carers. But what does that mean? This certificate programme enables health and social care professionals to draw from their own professional experience and to gain knowledge and skills of the multicultural, ethical, legal and safe provision of spiritual and religious care in practice.

School of Critical Studies
, Master Study of Religion

This course offers an intensive training in research in the study of religion. It enables you to study two major religions, and to explore the nature of religion itself, at an advanced level. You can select your special subjects from the following five religions currently covered by the faculty: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism.

, M.Phil. Eastern Christian Studies

The MPhil in Eastern Christian Studies is a two-year degree which is intended to give you experience in reading and interpreting a wide range of Eastern Christian texts in one of three options - Greek, Armenian with Greek, or Syriac with Greek. All students also prepare a 30,000 word thesis. This degree can be a stand-alone qualification or preparation for doctoral research.

, Master Religion (PCert, MA)

The MA in Religion from the University of Kent provides core training for students wanting to pursue further postgraduate research or research in other contexts. The programme offers an overview of key theoretical debates in the study of religion, as well as methodological issues and approaches for conducting fieldwork. You also study two modules of your choice, suited to your own specific interests.

School of European Culture and Languages
, Master Applied Theology

The MTh in Applied Theology is designed to enable theological reflection upon experience in pastoral practice mainly, but not only, in the context of ministry in the Church. It may be taken if you hold a pastoral appointment at present, or if you are able to include a period of approved pastoral experience in your course of study for the MTh.

, Master Theology

The University has four faculties and each course leading to a degree is administered by one of these faculties. You will belong to the same faculty throughout your time with us and most of the subjects you study will be offered by schools or departments within this faculty. Admission to the MTheol (Hons) Theology programme of study is through the Faculty of Divinity.

School of Divinity
, M.A. French and Hebrew

The University has four faculties and each course leading to a degree is administered by one of these faculties. You will belong to the same faculty throughout your time with us and most of the subjects you study will be offered by schools or departments within this faculty. Admission to the MA (Hons) French and Hebrew programme of study is through the Faculty of Arts.

School of Divinity
, M.Litt. Theology and Religious Studies

First-year MLitt students are not registered for any degree and must undergo an examination at the end of their first year. If they successfully pass this then they will be registered for the MLitt degree. Candidates submit a dissertation of not more than 80,000 words. The dissertation title must be approved by the Degree Committee. There is an oral examination on the dissertation and the general field of knowledge in which the dissertation falls.

, M.A. German and New Testament (With a year abroad)

The University has four faculties and each course leading to a degree is administered by one of these faculties. You will belong to the same faculty throughout your time with us and most of the subjects you study will be offered by schools or departments within this faculty. Admission to the MA (Hons) German and New Testament (With a year abroad) programme of study is through the Faculty of Arts.

School of Divinity
, M.Phil. Philosophical Theology

The MPhil in Philosophical Theology is intended to provide you with detailed knowledge of philosophical theology, its history and a cognate area of philosophy, with the opportunity to hone your skills in research and in written and oral argument in these subjects.

, M.A. Geography and Hebrew

The University has four faculties and each course leading to a degree is administered by one of these faculties. You will belong to the same faculty throughout your time with us and most of the subjects you study will be offered by schools or departments within this faculty. Admission to the MA (Hons) Geography and Hebrew programme of study is through the Faculty of Arts.

School of Geography & Geosciences
, M.A. Spanish and Theological Studies

The University has four faculties and each course leading to a degree is administered by one of these faculties. You will belong to the same faculty throughout your time with us and most of the subjects you study will be offered by schools or departments within this faculty. Admission to the MA (Hons) Spanish and Theological Studies programme of study is through the Faculty of Arts.

School of Divinity
, M.A. Art History and Biblical Studies

The University has four faculties and each course leading to a degree is administered by one of these faculties. You will belong to the same faculty throughout your time with us and most of the subjects you study will be offered by schools or departments within this faculty. Admission to the MA (Hons) Art History and Biblical Studies programme of study is through the Faculty of Arts.

School of Art History
, M.Sc. Religious Studies: Asian Religions

This course offers knowledge and expertise for further research and/or a role in higher education, RE teaching, or a range of allied professions valuing a humanities postgraduate degree.

Cardiff School of History, Archaeology and Religion
, M.A. Theological Studies

The University has four faculties and each course leading to a degree is administered by one of these faculties. You will belong to the same faculty throughout your time with us and most of the subjects you study will be offered by schools or departments within this faculty. Admission to the MA (Hons) Theological Studies programme of study is through the Faculty of Arts.

School of Divinity
, M.A. Geography and Theological Studies

The University has four faculties and each course leading to a degree is administered by one of these faculties. You will belong to the same faculty throughout your time with us and most of the subjects you study will be offered by schools or departments within this faculty. Admission to the MA (Hons) Geography and Theological Studies programme of study is through the Faculty of Arts.

School of Divinity